WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement of the largest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the United States. The proposed region-wide lease sale is scheduled for March 2018 and includes 76,967,935 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

“The previous administration acted as a predator to the oil and gas and petrochemical industry, costing many thousands of jobs across South Louisiana. Working closely with President Trump and his administration, we are following through on our commitment to unleash American energy potential and create new opportunities for hard-working Americans. This announcement is great news for South Louisiana. Our region has a major role to play in the American energy renaissance. We’re keeping our promise to bring jobs and industry back to our state.”

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